Caution: The name might fool you. In the Mostviertel region, you think of charming villages spread across a rolling, grassy landscape. You almost forget about the rugged slopes of the Limestone Alps in the rough south of the region. Here, wild water has cut gorges deep into the limestone rock; mighty cravasses that can be explored on narrow paths. Above them—2000 meters up—giant mountains tower over you, such as Ötscher, Dürrenstein, Hochkar, Gippel and Göller, whose ascent is anything but a walk in the park. But do not be intimidated! The region allows for the perfect balance between ambitious climbs and relaxed hikes. After all, you should also be able to take the kids on with you—or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious local food.
This challenging tour is really just for the experienced mountain goats among you. You should be sure-footed and above all free from giddiness to cross the rough ridge. On the alpine scale, parts of the route are rated Level 1, which means you can be on the road without any backups, but you should still be on your way! Especially in early summer it can be dangerous up here because of old snow.
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The summit of the Gippel is a good 1000 meters uphill, so the climb is so pretty crisp. First, the tour leads over the driveway and winds its way through a dense forest, until it suddenly becomes light at the Gippeltürl. From there, the path leads you over a ridge to the Gippel itself, from where you have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. After a short rest you follow the ridge of the Gamsmauer in the direction of Schnalzstein, below whose summit on the Hofalm lies the Kohlröserl hut, which is cultivated during the pasture season. From there, it goes steadily downhill, first over a steep trail and last but not least over a narrow road to Gasthof Gnedt in Kernhof.
The starting point of the tour, the Terzerhaus, is directly accessible by lift. From there, a small path leads downhill over lush meadows until you reach the Vorderötscher refuge, where you can fortify yourself a bit with the best regional cuisine.Shortly after the shelter, after a steep descent, is the entrance to the breathtaking Ötschertal. Here, water falls from all sides into the Ötscherbach - the two largest waterfalls are the Schleierfall and the Mirafall. Halfway through the valley you will find the snack station Ötscherhias, where you can take a short rest.Then it goes downhill through the valley, where you can once again marvel at the raw power of water when grinding the surrounding rock. At the exit of the Ötscherbach lies the Wienerbruck power plant and the Lassingfall.At the end of the tour, the Ötscher-Basis Nature Park Center in Wienerbruck awaits tired hikers, where there is plenty of information about the region as well as a restaurant with exclusively regional products.
Between the end point Wienerbruck and the starting point Mitterbach runs the Mariazellerbahn.
Careful, this tour can be a treat! It leads past three beautiful lakes, each of which has its own character. The Lunzer lake is clear and deep and therefore invites everyone in the summer to frolic in its cool waters. From there, the path leads past the Mittersee, which lies quite still in the valley of the Seebach and shimmers emerald-green there. At the very end of the hike, you meet the Obersee, which is really a very special place. Located in the middle of a basin, it is very shallow and the vegetation has already conquered a lot of him. Surrounded by moor and reeds, the lake feels really wild.
If this tour is too hard for you for a day, you can easily divide it into two stages. You then spend the night in the Ybbstaler hut, where there is enough space for hikers and mountaineers.
The path leads you past huge collapse holes in limestone, crooked cave systems and species-rich alpine meadows. You cross numerous pastures and plateaus on the way to the highest peak of the tour, the Dürrenstein with 1,878 meters. Although you stay relatively low, it feels pretty high alpine on parts of the way. From the Dürrenstein you descend through lush fields of pines, pass the lush meadows of the Herrenalm and continue hiking in the direction of the Obersee. Once there, you go down into the enchanted basin in which the lake is located and can look forward to the wild nature that still proliferates here. You follow the valley downhill, left the Ludwigfall and the "roaring bull" on the left and finally hit the idyllic Lunzer See.
This hike will be remembered for the grandiose view. The path runs along relatively barren alpine meadows, which open the view to Schneeberg, Gesäuse and Wachau. On the way, the house in Annaberg awaits tired hikers and provides you with the best pastries and all sorts of regional delicacies.
High up, from the observation tower Hochbärneck, opens up before you a gigantic panorama - especially on the opposite Ötscher. From the vantage point, it then goes steeply downhill, over a narrow, overcut forest road that leads to the Erlaufboden. Once down there, you can recover your tired feet and represent them a little in the freezing cold river.
This tour is especially for culture lovers. On the way you will find several old chapels and churches as well as historic hiking trails such as the St. Joseph's Chapel with its vicarage or the Sebastianikirche. You also wander through an idyllic, lush green hilly landscape. At the end of the tour Mariazell awaits you with the famous basilica, which is absolutely worth a visit.
Extensive pastures and lush five restaurants invite you on this popular panorama trail to unwind. Here you can tackle it for a change really slow and relaxed, because you are looking for vain mountains and narrow trails here in vain. But the tour is perfectly managed and offers fantastic views in all directions. In addition, the alpine ski race was invented on the Muckenkogel - so it will be historical. So go on the Muckenkogel!
This tour guarantees a great fun with children! From the adventure world Mendlingtal leads a narrow path along the old Trift in Mendlingbach, on the way several hidden gems lie. Mills, blacksmiths, drift lakes, narrow gorges, ancient Klausen, a roaring spring and a down-to-earth inn at the end of the gorge are waiting for you!